J. Frank Cashen, a graduate of Loyola University Maryland's Class of 1945, exercised both far-reaching vision and pragmatic resolve in a varied professional career that ultimately brought him to the pinnacle of attainment in Major League Baseball.
Attending Loyola during the difficult years of the Second World War, Frank Cashen played sports sparingly, absorbing early lessons in competition from legendary Athletic Director Emil C. "Lefty" Reitz while also writing for the school newspaper and serving as Sports Editor for his final two years. Following graduation, he embarked on a career in journalism with the Baltimore News-Post, earning several national awards for his sports reporting during his 15 years as writer and columnist.
Seeking greater opportunity Frank Cashen earned a law degree from the University of Maryland in 1958 and left the newspaper business to become Publicity and Promotions Director for Baltimore Raceway and, later, Director of Advertising for the National Brewing Company. When the Brewers purchased The Baltimore Orioles, Frank Cashen became the teams Executive Vice President in 1965, presiding over some of the most successful seasons in franchise history. During that storied era, the team won two World Series and three consecutive American League pennants.
He left the Orioles in 1975 and returned to the Brewers as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales, but the lure of professional baseball did not dim. In 1979, he accepted an appointment to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's office and in 1980 was named general manager of the New York Mets.
The era of free agency had dramatically changed the business of baseball, but Frank Cashen found the perfect match for his capacity to recognize talent, his skill as a negotiator, and his acumen as a businessman. Within six years he had rebuilt the organization and assembled a team in New York that went on to win a World Series, and Frank Cashen was named The Sporting News Executive of the Year for 1986. He stepped down from day-to-day duties with the Mets in 1991, and continues to serve as a vice president and consultant with the team.
Frank Cashen also has remained close to Loyola University Maryland, serving as Chairman of the Evergreen Fund and as a member of The John Early Society, Loyola's leadership donor group. He was honored with the University's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1980 and received an Andrew White Medal in 1987.